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« on: December 05, 2015, 06:15:46 PM »
Cameras

I developed an interest in photography at a young age.  That could be due to my mother who seemed to have felt the need to record numerous moments of all six of her childrenís growth Ė not just from year to year, but almost from month to month at times.

Regardless of the source of my interest, it was strong enough to make me yearn for a camera of my own at a young age.  When I was about 9 or 10 years old I took my meager allowance in hand and worked up my courage to ask Mr. Collier, the owner of our local drug store, if I could pay on a camera a little at a time until I got it paid off.

Mr. Collier took his job as a druggist seriously and I suppose it was his business like expression that had given me the impression he didnít care for kids.  I learned different that day. 

He explained to me that paying a little at a time is called Lay-Away.  He then asked which camera I wanted to buy.  Well, I have been looking at the rows of cameras behind the glass case for ages and had long ago decided on a small Kodak, both because of its size and the fact its price was smaller than the others.

Mr. Collier didnít even blink an eye at the fact I only had a quarter to start my lay-away.  He suggested I pay a little something every week when I got my allowance and that I would soon own the camera.

It took many weeks of dimes and quarters before the camera was mine.  But Mr. Collierís kindness didnít end there.  Seeing my dismay when I opened the box and failed to find any film, he quickly said, ďI almost forgot.  Everyone gets one free roll of film when they buy one of my cameras.Ē


From that time on I took pictures of people, places and anything else that captured my eye.  If I had all the money spent on cameras, film, developing and printing over the years, I could probably retire without any worries.  But I wouldnít trade the pleasure derived from taking the pictures, the memories looking at the prints bring to mind, and the people Iíve meet because of cameras.

And the reason Iím talking about all this is to explain the reason youíll be seeing more photos going up around here in the near future.  I hope you enjoy them.
 
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Re: Cameras
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2015, 08:04:32 AM »
Looking forward to the pics, Alice. A good picture tells a story, without the distraction of modifiers and other verbosity. Here's a logo I use for my self-publisher name.



What camera are you using now?
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Re: Cameras
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2015, 10:44:23 AM »
Unfortunately, I've not been using any camera recently. That is in part because I current favorite Digital camera, a GE, seems to have vanished during my move about a year ago.

I had spotted that little on sale online for a surprisingly low price shortly after my previous digital had turned up it's toe and refused all my pleads to grace me with its working presence.

That little GE was a trooper, did everything I asked of it and was easier to use.

But I still have two different Minolta film cameras complete with various lens and other extras. I've been seriously getting them out again and doing some playing around the "old fashion" way. Goodness knows that stood me in good stead for may years. And despite having to wait for the film to developed to see the results, they helped me learn and enjoy lots of handy things about taking good pictures.

Are you into cameras and and taking pictures? 

   
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Re: Cameras
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2015, 10:57:34 AM »
The writing itself paints a nice picture. it's also nice that you still have your pictures.
It's a strange magic

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Re: Cameras
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2015, 11:25:53 AM »
Hey Alice. I was. I too discovered the freedom of taking pics. But did you never explore the next step?  Developing them yourself. Watching a pic you've taken energe from the murky depths of a developing tray is an experience better attempted than described.  Xbx
Fare thee well Skip. We're all 'Keening' now. xbx

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« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2015, 11:34:23 AM »
Unfortunately, I've not been using any camera recently. That is in part because I current favorite Digital camera, a GE, seems to have vanished during my move about a year ago.

I had spotted that little on sale online for a surprisingly low price shortly after my previous digital had turned up it's toe and refused all my pleads to grace me with its working presence.

That little GE was a trooper, did everything I asked of it and was easier to use.

But I still have two different Minolta film cameras complete with various lens and other extras. I've been seriously getting them out again and doing some playing around the "old fashion" way. Goodness knows that stood me in good stead for may years. And despite having to wait for the film to developed to see the results, they helped me learn and enjoy lots of handy things about taking good pictures.

Are you into cameras and and taking pictures? 

   

In a former life, I worked in the photography industry designing, manufacturing and testing cameras and film. Also tried stock photography for a while. That's when l created the VisualStoryteller logo attached to this post and used on the spine, back of the book and copyright page of TOTS.

If you stick with your Minolta (a fine camera and great optics), you can ask for the negs to be digitized and stored on a CD to get the digital form for use on your computer, etc.

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Re: Cameras
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2015, 01:29:51 PM »
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If you stick with your Minolta (a fine camera and great optics), you can ask for the negs to be digitized and stored on a CD to get the digital form for use on your computer, etc.

I had checked about doing just that. Using digital for a time spoiled me to the easy of putting the pictures on my computer.  ;)
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« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2015, 02:39:34 PM »
When making the transition from film to digital years ago, Kodak development services offered the CD/DVD for a slight additional charge. I just popped it into my PC DVD reader and opened files with Photoshop if I wanted o tweak or crop.  Good luck, whichever way you go.

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Re: Cameras
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2015, 03:42:09 PM »
Oh, I already have tons of pictures downloaded on my desktop. I simply have found a desk-type arrangement I feel will work for me over the long haul, so haven't hooked it up yet.

I had a desk, rather large one, at the old house, but knew it would take up way too much room in this much smaller space. So had to wave good-by to it.

It seems to be taking me longer to settle into this house than usual. I know it has a lot to do with being smaller than I've had to deal with for many years. That, plus the fact it was like pulling teeth to let go of some of the times that had accumulated over the years.

Some that I thought I "Had to have" before the move I've found I don't really miss that much now. But others, like my collection of Cribbage Boards that haven't turned up yet really upset me.

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The universe is made of stories, not of atoms. -Muriel Rukeyser, poet and activist (15 Dec 1913-1980)

R. L. Copple's: http://www.rlcopple.com/

I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.
-Mohandas K. Gandhi